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The 2024 Season of The Lost Colony begins May 30th 2024. An experience not to be missed! The Lost Colony offers a refreshed production of Paul Green's original symphonic drama. Set on the soundfront on Roanoke Island, enjoy this 86 year-old Symphonic Drama under the stars. Become immersed in the story of the discovery of a new world with newly enhanced musical and theatrical direction and dynamically stunning choreography. Witness the pageantry of Queen Elizabeth I and her court and celebrate the birth of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in America all while preserving the historical importance of America's oldest mystery. An Outer Banks experience not to be missed!
"Each summer the story of he Lost Colony comes to life at the Waterside Theatre in Manteo on the Outer Banks of NC. It’s funny at times (Old Tom is the comic relief), informative, and poignant. The Native American dances, as well as the fight scenes, are spectacular. Paul Green’s script holds up bringing history to life. As a Manteo resident, I’ve seen this yearly over 20 times; I still haven’t tired of the play. Sitting under the stars, looking out over the sound, it’s definitely a must-do!"
"Unforgettable outdoor drama- better than ever. The weather was perfect for our visit with a slight breeze, so the insects were held back. The actors were amazing, fight scenes were realistic, costumes were fabulous. Audio was perfect highly understandable, not too loud or soft. The narrator came in & out of scenes to explain the story better so even young kids could properly understand the real history of America’s oldest outdoor drama. Afterwards a brief time to take pics with a few actors. Seats were comfortable with no poor location. I can’t think of one thing that could be done to make this any better."
"This was my first time seeing any type of outdoor play. All the actors, props, and everything make you feel like you’re really there in that time period. I’m delighted that we came to see such a wonderful, well written (and portrayed) play about the Lost Colony. I hope to be in the area in the future so I can see the play again. This was truly an experience I’ll remember for the rest of my life."
"As a theatre lover, I always try to see a performance whenever I can. Since this is the first time that my wife and I are visiting the Outer Banks and staying in Manteo, I thought that we should see “The Lost Colony”. I opted for the higher priced seats and we were in row H almost in the center and had an excellent view of the entire performance. The historical aspects of the play were very interesting, acting and scenery excellent and some of the singers had beautiful voices."